With a Cavalier, you get small size,
Chevy styling, GM quality, and
Buick handling. In other words, the
worst of all worlds. To be honest, the
Cav is not an awful car, just not a
very good car in a sea of good
The styling's bland; if blending in is
your goal, it may be for you. It was a
mistake for Chevy to use a bowtie-
bar in the styling; it doesn't fit well
and looks awkward.
The interior creaks and feels cheap.
The engine is good, but the
suspension is too loose. When turned,
the car sways the other way.
According to the figures, the Cav is
GM's biggest seller. But those figures
probably include rental and fleet sales.
Good engine, inconspicuous look,
I've put 115k miles on my Chevy cavalier. The price was very attractive. The car has surprisingly good slow speed acceleration. However, I've had numerous mechanical difficulties including: fuel pump failure, multiple evap canister failures, serious wire harness failure, ventilation blower failure, speaker problems, hood latch failure, power steering issues, broken seat. In addition the car eats front end brake rotors at high rate. The transmission failed with 12k miles, but was replaced on warranty. The rear suspension is noisy and rides really rough. Road noise levels are high. The interior design, especially the placement of the cup holders, is terrible
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this brand new. Had 3 transmission replacements, which never got totallly fixed, cd player eats cds, engine stalls, wheel bearing broke, inspection fails every time, very ugly interior, the cup holder is in the way, major oil leakage, and so many other problems. This car all around stinks!
I have a Cavalier that gets only 22 mpg
highway even with the overspeed
transmission. The dealership &
Chevrolet will not work to determine
what the problem is, their answer
is "tough cookies". There are several
pickup trucks that get better mileage!
Car also doesn't hold value. My
recommendation: BUY A TOYOTA COROLLA
or SATURN. For the same money you get a
much better riding car in the Corolla
that holds a high resale value!
Great A/C. It will definitely cool the
car, even in the hot Texas summers.
Cargo net in trunk-- keeps groceries
from sliding around.
Looks good-- It may not be a great
running car, but it does look good. I
get lots of compliments on the
appearance of the vehicle.
Improve the fuel economy of the car.
Buy a Toyota or Saturn. Better made
cars all around that hold a resale
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